Studying abroad is a great experience I can tell first hand as I went to Germany for my BSc and MSc degree and studied one semester in the US during my Bachelor’s. I had a great time and it brought me forward academically. Reasons for studying abroad are learning or getting better at a foreign language, experiencing a different culture and enhancing your career start with a degree from a university with high academic reputation. When looking for a university to study abroad it helps to narrow down choices by concentrating on a specific country. So what is the best country to study abroad?
In order recommend the best countries to study abroad we created a country ranking which is based on the quality of universities (50%), the costs of studying there (25%) and career chances (25%). The ranking is based on objective numbers and can be reproduced easily as the used data are from open sources (links are provided).
Here are the best countries for higher education:
|Country||Top 50 Universities||Annual Costs||GDP per Capita, PPP||Unemployment Rate||Score|
|1. US||28 (1)||35705 (7)||49965 (3)||8.1 (7)||3.5|
|2. Germany||3 (5)||6285 (1)||40901 (6)||5.5 (5)||4.1|
|2. Canada||3 (3)||26011(5)||42533 (5)||7.3 (6)||4.1|
|4. UK||8 (2)||30325 (6)||36901 (7)||8.0 (8)||4.4|
|5. Switzerland||2 (6)||26593 (4)||53367 (2)||2.9 (2)||4.5|
|6. Singapore||1 (8)||24248 (3)||61803 (1)||1.9 (1)||5.0|
|6. Australia||3 (4)||38515 (8)||44598 (4)||5.2 (4)||5.0|
|8. Japan||2 (7)||19164 (2)||35178 (8)||4.4 (3)||5.4|
|Source||Meta Ranking 2013/14||HSB 2013||World Bank 2012||The World Factbook 2013||The World Factbook 2013|
The world’s best universities are standing on US ground. 28 out of 50 top schools are located in the US. Even if you don’t have the grades to attend a top university studying in the US might be a good choice. People connect the act of studying in the US itself with respect and effort. Another reason for studying in the US is the English language which you prove to understand sufficiently. However, a big disadvantage are the high tuition fees US universities take which can be up to $ 50,000. While there are lots of scholarships they are more difficult to obtain for foreigners. If you can make it into a top school however, your time at university will be a good investment anyway. Here you can find the major factors for choosing the right school.
Germany does not have universities with big names like Harvard or Cambridge. However, the standards are high and consistent among all universities. That is why Germans find it hard to understand the world’s obsession with university rankings and tend to chose their school by factors like distance from their home town and whether they like the city the university is located at. Although the German university you might attend won’t be world known your degree will be respected as German schools are known for quality world wide. This is especially true for engineering degrees which almost ensure you a good career start without hassle. The biggest advantage about studying in Germany is that most universities don’t take any fees so you can start into work life without a penny in debt. Read more about studying in Germany if it is an option for you.
Canada has three top institutions with the University of Toronto placed #20. Canadian society is known to be very open to foreigners, thus visa application is easier than in the US or in UK and xenophobia is rare. Compared to the US and UK fees are lower and the employment rate is better.
4. United Kingdom
In terms of academic reputation the universities from the United Kingdom come on second place with 8 out of 50 top schools. British universities and especially schools in London are filled with international students so you won’t have problems finding people with similar backgrounds to exchange experiences. However, be aware that studying in England is expensive. Tuition fees can be up to £ 9,000 and living costs in London are one of the highest in the world.
Other good choices
Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Sweden and Netherlands are other academically interesting destinations for English speaking students wanting to study abroad. Higher education in France and Japan is also very good, however you should plan to learn French or Japanese before going.